O, Live Christmas Tree!
Times are changing. Live Christmas Trees are ‘the in thing’ this Christmas and really gaining popularity as our world learns to ‘live green’. These are trees that come in pots and can be planted outside after the season is over. Becoming an intimate reminder of special holidays past as it continues to grow in your yard year after year.
Things to consider when using a live tree:
- Select a tree that fits into your current landscape plan. What size and shape will your space allow?
- Water the tree thoroughly and hose it off to clean the tree good before moving it in.
- Spraying the tree with an anti-desiccant or anti-wilt product will help prevent the loss of moisture and needles.
- Acclimate your tree, by placing on a porch or garage 2 to 3 days before introducing it into the house.
- If possible place your tree in a cool part of the house, and keep away from heating vents and fireplaces.
- Place the tree in a large plastic saucer, in order to allow for sufficient watering a couple times a week.
- SJN does not recommend leaving a live tree in the house more than 5-7 days.
- After Christmas, slowly acclimate the tree back outside over 3-5 days.
- The tree can then be planted outside. It is important to maintain adequate watering through the remainder of the winter (twice a month).
Tip: When selecting your live Christmas Tree, consider your climate. San Juan County Trees to consider include: Pinion Pine, Austrian Pine, Bosnian Pine, Blue Spruce, Cypress and Alberta Spruce (shown in picture). Now that’s ‘advice you can grow with’!